South Africa appointed Pitso Mosimane as its sixteenth soccer coach in 18 years following the resignation of former Brazilian World Cup winning coach Carlos Alberto Parreira .
The start of preparations by Brazil’s national team for the soccer World Cup were marred by protests yesterday as the players seek to win the tournament at home for the first time.
Brazil’s soccer coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will have to watch events in Major League Soccer ahead of the World Cup after a key team member opted to play there.
South Africa opens the soccer World Cup against Mexico today on a 12-match unbeaten streak that has raised local expectations ahead of a tournament that already pulled thousands of fans into the streets of Johannesburg.
South Africa dropped record goal- scorer and West Ham United striker Benni McCarthy from its 23- member team to play in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The French soccer team must fight to regain the respect of fans and the public after ending a World Cup campaign marked by a squad mutiny and the failure to win a single match, players said.
"The national team is a cultural and sporting heritage of the Brazilian people."
- Carlos Alberto Parreira on May 26, 2014